Archive for July, 2008

PlanOn PRINTSTIK reviewed: small printer, big price

PlanOn PRINTSTIK reviewed: small printer, big price

If you've ever been out and wished you could give someone a print of something from your notebook or BlackBerry, PlanOn might have the printer for you.  The PRINTSTIK is a 10.75 x 1.9 x 1-inch battery-powered thermal printer that can connect either via USB or Bluetooth; they've had it in over at TabletPCReview and, if you fit the niche, it could be your mobile salvation.

OLPC Windows XP version in production for September launch

OLPC Windows XP version in production for September launch

Microsoft has released to the OLPC project the specially tweaked version of Windows XP that will be offered on the XO notebook.  The new version of the machine should be available in September, according to James Utzschneider, General Manager of Marketing and Communications for the Unlimited Potential Group.

Yahoo! Music closing shop, suggests bypassing DRM to users

Yahoo! Music closing shop, suggests bypassing DRM to users

Yahoo! Music have announced that their online store will close as of September 30th 2008.  In an email to subscribers, the company also confirmed that on that date their DRM-authentication server would go offline, meaning that anybody who had bought tracks from the store would be unable to transfer them to another computer:

"After the Store closes, Yahoo! will no longer be able to support the retrieval of license keys for music purchased from Yahoo! Music Unlimited, and Yahoo! will no longer be able to authorize song playback on additional computers.
After September 30, 2008, you will not be able to transfer songs to unauthorized computers or re-license these songs after changing operating systems. Please note that your purchased tracks will generally continue to play on your existing authorized computers unless there is a change to the computer's operating system" Yahoo! Music email

Stan Lee comments on video games at ComicCon

Stan Lee comments on video games at ComicCon

I have to say, Stan Lee is definitely the coolest guy on the planet. I lost the slightest bit of faith in them after that really horrible TV series. Actually, I thought he'd finally gone completely nuts. However, he has officially redeemed himself by making a quick statement about video games.

When you talk about games evolving over the years and becoming more like movies, in many ways, they've gone beyond movies. To do a movie is difficult, but it's linear. There's a beginning, a middle and an end, and that's it - you write a story. In a videogame, you're writing many stories within the story. It's a totally different structure and a totally different philosophy of writing and, I think, a much, much more difficult one. I get the feeling more work goes into these videogames than even goes into the movies I marvel at the fact the games look as good, and in some cases better, as the most expensive movies . . . Now you watch one of these games and it's like watching the greatest superhero movie, except you're part of it. It's indescribable. And you know it takes a lot to impress me.

There you have it, proof that Stan Lee is indeed still badass. This quote is from an interview he did at ComicCon. It's nice to know Stan Lee has a love for all things geeky and doesn't just stick to his love for comics.

[via gaygamer]

Sony’s Fat Princess causes angry feminists to lash out

Sony’s Fat Princess causes angry feminists to lash out

Recently at E3 a game was announced called Fat Princess as an upcoming PSN title. It apparently has a Zelda type feel and is basically a capture the flag type game. Only instead of flags there is a princess. The princess is then fattened up by the opposing team feeding her, making it difficult for the team to save their own princess. A seemingly harmless game, however, there are a few feminists that seem to be a bit pissed off.

Nikon D700 DSLR on sale now

Nikon D700 DSLR on sale now

The much-rumored Nikon D700 DSLR, with its 12.1-megapixel FX-format sensor, Nikon’s EXPEED Image Processing System, 51-point auto focus system with 3D Focus Tracking and two Live View shooting modes, was promised for the end of July, and true to their word it's starting to show up at online retailers.  RitzCamera currently have the D700 as available now, albeit with limited stock, and at the full list price of $2,999.95 for the body only.

Eee to get ‘all day’ battery and cloud storage option, says report

Eee to get ‘all day’ battery and cloud storage option, says report

ASUS are planning an "all day" battery for the Eee netbook, as one of what is rumored to be monthly hardware and software upgrades "to fill gaps in the netbook market".  Little else is known about the battery, such as how long a "day" the company has in mind; presumably ASUS means a working day, giving the compact notebook around eight hours use (hopefully with WiFi switched on).

Dual-core Intel Atom 330 delayed until Q4 2008

Dual-core Intel Atom 330 delayed until Q4 2008

Fudzilla have acquired details on their upcoming dual-core version of the popular Intel Atom processor.  The chip, the Atom 330, is designed to be used in budget ultraportables, netbooks and MIDs and is scheduled to be introduced on September 21st.  It will be priced at $43 each; currently the single-core original Atom 230 costs $29.

Gigabyte M912 reviewed: Performance impressive, 2 screens confirmed

Gigabyte M912 reviewed: Performance impressive, 2 screens confirmed

After teasing with an unboxing video yesterday, Chippy made good on his promise and ran benchmarks and gave in-depth opinions on the Gigabyte M912 touchscreen ultraportable last night.  Turns out that Gigabyte themselves were watching, and have confirmed that there will only be two versions of the M912: both will run Vista or XP (no Linux option), but where the M912 will have a 1280x768 CCFL-backlit LCD, the M912M will have a 1024x600 LED-backlit LCD.

 

Watch Chippy's overview review video after the cut